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The High Places

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Winner of the 2018 Nita B Kibble Literary Award

by Fiona McFarlane
Publication Date: 01/02/2016
4/5 Rating 1 Reviews
RRP  $32.99 $30.75

**Winner of the 2017 Dylan Thomas Prize and Longlisted for the 2017 Stella Award**

**Winner of the 2018 Nita B Kibble Literary Award**

The Night Guest introduced an Australian writer 'with the promise of literary greatness' (LA Times). The High Places delivers on that promise.

The dazzling stories in this collection find those moments when people confront the strangeness and mystery of their lives. The revelations of intimidating old friends on holiday. An accident on a dark country road. A marine biologist in conversation with the ghost of Charles Darwin. The sudden arrival of American parachutists in a Queensland country town. A lottery win. A farmer troubled by miracles in the middle of a drought . . . The people in The High Places are jolted into seeing themselves from a fresh and often disconcerting perspective.

Ranging around the world from a remote Pacific island to outback Australia to the tourist haunts of Greece, these stories are written with extraordinary invention, great emotional insight and wry humour. Each one of them is as rich and rewarding as literature can be.

Short stories
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Penguin Australia Pty Ltd
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Fiona McFarlane

Fiona McFarlane was born in Sydney, and has degrees in English from Sydney University and Cambridge University, and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Michener Fellow. Her work has been published in Zoetrope: All-Story, Southerly, the Best Australian Stories and the New Yorker, and she has received fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Phillips Exeter Academy and the Australia Council for the Arts.

The Night Guest, her debut novel, has sold into fifteen territories around the world. She lives in Sydney.

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4 / 5 (1 Ratings)
  • Great collection.

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    McFarlane carries readers to mysterious places with this new collection of stories. These tales go from familiar Sydney to drought-stricken bushland and far aboard. All of them mourn, in their own unique way, the varied degrees of distance we feel between ourselves and those nearest and dearest to us. Guiding the reader throughout is a sincerity and surety of voice in the narration that makes for delightful reading.

    In my opinion, this book is worth your money for the power of its last piece, 'The High Places' alone. It's a massive achievement in a handful of pages.